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Seeing America's Greatest Chinatown: San Francisco (Part I)

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Seeing America's Greatest Chinatown: San Francisco (Part I)


Published 1912


Chinatown, San Francisco, California: Captain Lewis was a licensed Chinatown guide; these films represent what was salvaged from a multi-reel film.
Captain Lewis (himself) / aerial view of Chinatown buildings, showing flags flying for the new Republic of China led by Sun Yat-Sen / street scenes / grocery stores / church / parade / Sing Fat Co. and Sing Fat himself / temple / interior temple with men / small boy on street selling bag of peanuts / children / men smoking long pipes / Chinese drama / apothecary sequence

Seeing America’s Greatest Chinatown: San Francisco
Capt. H. J. Lewis presents and describes his famous Oriental travelogue

09:49:59:08 Capt. H. J. Lewis with moustache wearing hat that reads Guide Chinatown San Francisco tips hat to camera, stands in front of long Chinese scrolls. VS high-angle pan over Chinatown. VS Chinatown. LS Capt. H.J. Lewis walks up out of cellar of building, sign on building reads A. N. Knoph Chinese Employment Office. Main’s Bar. Chinese parade with Chinese marching band. Pan up Sing Fat Co., Inc. building. Chinese men pray at Buddhist shrine. Poor Chinese children on street. Little boy sells treats from basket. Little Chinese boy eating doughnut smiles at camera. Chinese men in Mao suits smoking long pipes and cigarettes. Chinese theatre with actors in ornate costumes. Great footage inside store of Chinese herbalist, CU herbalist holding scale weighing herbs.


Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2013
Subject: Where's Jack?
Good overview of Chinatown here, much different than the bizarre "Comedy" reel Captain Lewis has elsewhere on here. The film shows the earlier incarnations of Chinatown. I wonder how much of it is still there. Nice watch.
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